‘Thrilled he’s on our team’: Seahawks, Jamal Adams beaming after his debut
When the Seahawks played the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 on Sunday, all eyes were understandably on star quarterback Russell Wilson when Seattle was on offense. But when Seattle was on defense, everyone was checking to see how All-Pro safety Jamal Adams would do in his first game as a Seahawk.
Well, so far, so good after Seattle’s 38-25 win.
“Defensively, you couldn’t help but watch Jamal Adams. I mean, he’s all over the place,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said before rattling off what Adams did statistically. Adams led all players with 12 tackles and also added a sack, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits.
Seattle gave up two first-round picks, a third-round pick and a solid player in Bradley McDougald to get Adams from the New York Jets, but the early return seems to show Adams was worth that high cost. Aside from filling up the stat sheet, Adams brought high energy, which was needed with no fans in the stands.
“He is such an energetic personality. He’s got so much fire in him and he’s an incredible competitor,” Carroll said. “Does it rub off? Yes. And I’m so thrilled he’s on our team and we got him. Not just for the play, but for what else he brings and how he effects other people. And he’ll continue to do that.”
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Adams told reporters that his first game as a Seahawk “was fun,” and even though he had a great game and Seattle came away with the victory, he thinks the defense can and should be better starting next week.
“I thought we played really well, but we had a lot of mistakes – I’m speaking for the defensive side – that we can definitely get better on to where we can be even more dominant,” he said.
As mentioned, Adams led all players with 12 tackles, but he said he should have had even more, which should be a worry for opposing offenses.
“My tackling was good but not where it usually is,” Adams said, noting he didn’t play in Seattle’s second mock game due to a cut on his finger. “I think I missed a couple that I rarely miss, but I’ve got to do a better job of wrapping up and just getting the guy down and making the tackle and just being smart and using the right technique.”
After Adams was traded to Seattle, his former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, said he thought Adams may be bored playing in the Seahawks’ system. Adams lined up all over the field on Sunday, and he assured reporters that wasn’t the case at all.
“I wasn’t bored. I was blitzing, I was having fun,” he said. ” … Just out there making plays. Whenever my name is called or my number is called, I’m trying to do whatever I can to help the team win, get put in the best position to get the ball back to (Wilson), because obviously when you get the ball back to (Wilson) he’s going to make special plays. That’s my focus. I’m never trying to be a one-man guy. I’m just trying to do my job to the best of my ability.”
Adams gives Seattle’s defense a second All-Pro, joining linebacker Bobby Wagner. Adams said he and Wagner are a force now that they’re on the same team.
“Just having us out there together is like Batman and Robin, you know what I mean?” he said. “It’s a good feeling. I love playing with Bobby and he’s a guy that I love to feed off just as well as he feeds off me.”
And for the first time in his career, Adams has a quarterback and an offense capable of putting up a ton of points.
“I’m not used to it. It’s exciting,” Adams said. “It’s exciting to know when we do come off the field we can definitely make our adjustments, catch a breather. For Russ to go out there and do what he’s always done, I’m just happy to be a part of this organization, man. These guys are telling me they’re happy I’m here, but I’m really happy I’m here, man.”
Wilson feels similarly about what Adams has brought to the table already.
“He’s been unbelievable as a teammate, as a leader,” Wilson told reporters. “He’s one of the best players in the game. He brings the juice, he brings the energy, he’s focused, he’s dialed in on his assignments, he can make every play on the field.”